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right now, on "msnbc saturday," deluge in the northeast. winds, rains and flooding striking quickly as the remnants of winter melt away. live reports in moments. the health care debate. will the final chapter be written in the final days, takes center stage in washington yet again. is america ready. are you sick of the health care saga? the mysteries of a death row murderer. new pictures of a possible serial killer and new details on his dating game appearance. who's to blame for failing schools? a new report whether there should be mass firings of teachers. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt, this is nbc saturday. thanks so much for joining us. we begin with nasty weather shaping up for the country all weekend. nasty rain causing coastal flooding, much of the state is under flood watch this weekend.
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and the midwest is experiencing storms and lots of new water and flooding in other parts of the state. as warmer temperatures lead to mounds of snow melting. nbc bill karins has the latest. good morning to you. >> good morning. an incredible rain event is under way. this is like a nor'easter. instead of snow, this is rain. winds gusting along the coast. we have large rains out there. rainfall will cause the most problems. we have flash flooding in west virginia. you can see from washington d.c. to southern new england, the rain is coming down and coming down hard. along the coast of new jersey is where we see the worst of the beach erosion and strongest of the wind gusts. at 44 miles an hour near long branch. these are tropical storms we're seeing along the coast. that, along with the pounding rain, it will be very troublesome for people trying to drive anywhere in the state of new jersey and coastal new england during the day today. so far, the rainfall total up to
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1 inch in new jersey and quickly adding in new york city. flash flood watches go all the way from central new england, to boston southward down outside of richmond. we are expecting a serious flooding problem as we go through the next two days. today this is rain. how much is the computer saying we will get? look at the rainfall totals. we will expect 3 inches or so in the big cities. some higher elevations could pick up to 5-6 inches. it is a washout through all of central new england, soutwards towards the mid-atlantic region. the rest of the country looking in the atlantic and new england, and through the deep south. texas is looking at a nice day today. the worse won't be until sunday and monday. we first have to see how much rain falls during the day today. >> we'll get more from you later. coming up, a live report on the deluge from times square.
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yep, it's raining there. a close call for riders in phoenix, arizona. three people had to be rescued after trying to cross a river on horseback. it appeared to be a shallow won but was deeper than expected. >> we started to cross the river we ride all the time that's completely dry. as we headed down there, the current took us and carried us along, everybody squealing and having a good time. all of a sudden, everybody panicked because there was no high ground to get to. >> not a good time at all. all three riders rescued along with two horses. unfortunately a third horse was swept away in the water and had to be euthanized. >> henry kissinger is in a south korea hospital this morning. kissinger was admitted after suffering from stomach pains. a spokesman from the hospital in seoul says he isn't in danger and is recovering. the former harvard professor was
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in south korea delivering a lecture on north korea's nuclear program. democrats say they are nearing the finish line on a plan to reshape the health care system for millions of americans with a possible vote coming at the end of next week. president obama is delaying his trip overseas to keep a close eye on all the action. republicans however are not ready to throw in the towel. mike joins us live from the white house, right? which keeps things interesting, republicans not throwing in the towel, what a surprise. >> i think we can expect democrats and republicans to use every legislative domain or slight of hand or trick in the book to promote their cause. republicans want to kill it, democrats want to pass it, beate at all costs. this could be it after more than a year of pitched battles of ups and downs, we could be entering the final phase of this passing the house of representatives. if all goes according to hopes and plans, we have to emphasize
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it's still tricky talking about passage or vote in the house by friday or saturday of this coming week. it will be a week of a lot of action. the president has postponed his trip for three days, originally due to leave for guam, indonesia and australia on march the 18th. now, he will leave on sunday the 21st. the question comes what if the house hasn't voted by then, will he further delay his trip? white house officials including robert gibbs, the spokesman behind this podium yesterday refused to get into that or speculate insisting the president will leave sunday. they still don't have the votes in the house, working to get the votes in the house, believe they will get the votes in the house when all is said and done and then goes to the senate where republicans have promised to throw up every legislative roadblock they possibly can. they think public opinion is on their side. if all goes according to democrats' best hopes, the president could have something to sign by the end of this month when congress goes on its easter break on march 29th, alex. >> that means the administration
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is putting the chances better than 51%? that's what they said earlier this month the prospect of having the vote. are they hedging their bets better? >> reporter: it's a funny game going on. expectations are everything when it comes to something like this, they want to keep pressure on waivering democrats. there are 37 democrats in the house of representatives who voted against this in november, a similar health care bill the first time around. they have to get a significant number of those, perhaps a dozen or more of them to switch their votes back to the yes column. that's part of the reason why the president has delayed his trip. we can expect him to be twisting arms behind the scenes. his chief of staff has been on the hill a couple times in the past week. the president will be making phone calls and entertaining congress in private sessions at the white house. the white house is trying to keep that all hush-hush but we can count on that happening, alex. >> okay. we'll count on you later this morning. thanks. the u.s. government is offering a blunt warning to
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israel over its plans to build 1600 new settlements in east jerusalem as it coincided with a visit from vice president joe biden, in the country to try to jump-start the peace process. biden condemned the plan and scrambled to meet with palestinian concerns in the west bank. hillary clinton secretary of state is going even further. in a tense conversation friday, she warned israel's prime minister it harming israel relations. >> it was really a slap in the face to the visiting vice presiden president. >> it was, andrea. i have expressed that directly to the prime minister. >> this is a setback and insulting. >> it was insulting. it was insulting not just to the vice president, who certainly didn't deserve that. he was there with a very clear message of commitment to the peace process, solidarity with the israeli people but it was an insult to the united states. >> you can hear more of the
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interview with hillary clinton this sunday with nbc's andrea mitchell reports. >> new this morning, another american identified in connection with the jihad jane case. stephanie has the latest on that. good morning, what else do we know? >> reporter: good morning. the "wall street journal" is saying 31-year-old jamie ramirez is a medical assistant from colorado, she left her family in colorado in september, told them she was converting to islam and then she married a muslim man in new york and flew to ireland. she called her family to say that she was living there. apparently, she was one of the seven arrested by irish authorities on tuesday. connected with this case is alleged plot to kill a swedish cartoonist who printed a cartoon of the prophet mohammed as a dog in 2007. they have alleged to conspire to murder him.
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al qaeda called for his murder in 2007 and offered a reward of $100,000. they say that reward is increased by 50% if the people that killed him sliced his throat. it's pretty gruesome. >> wow, that is gruesome. what about the seven suspects? how do investigators track these guys down? >> at this point, what seems to have happened, there was a second american woman we heard a lot about this week, self named jihad jane calling larose, arrested last october by u.s. authorities. she was never publicly charged. it appears she has been cooperating with federal prosecutors and she has led them to these seven in ireland. it's also noting this week, they released three of the seven, unclear whether that 31-year-old jamie ramirez was one of those seven. >> thanks very much.
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>> police in malibu california are searching for a man they say tried to sexually abuse a woman who was jogging at the beach and the woman jumped off a cliff and the attacker followed down the hillside. the suspect stole the woman's land cruiser and escaped. a legal blow for people who believe their children's autism was caused by vaccines. a special federal court rejecting the argument the vaccines contained a mercury based ingredient caused autism inmate those who sought payment under the injury compensation program, them m-- thimerosal is no longer in most vaccines. with spring around the corner, gas prices are also up. what does this mean for consumers? joining me now, nbc analyst,
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vera gibbons. retail sales up again? >> this is the fourth gain we have seen in the past four months, surprising given storms and weather. people got out and shop aid cross the board. appliances, house wear, furniture, people are getting out of their apartments and homes and having a little bit of fun. a positive sign for the economy, shows perhaps this recovery is in fact sustainable, gives us hope, anyway. >> shows the slow spending means slowly we're regaining our lost wealth? >> we are. we're slowly regaining our wealth. look at household wealth and household assets, look at your home and debts and credit card, that was up last quarter because of the stock market gains. we have seen that trend over the past several quarters with household wealth being up. if we have more money, we spend more money. the whole economy runs on spending. you need people to be making money to be spending money. >> if you have to spend more
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money on gas prices, does that make any sort of threat to this comeback? >> that is a problem. prices are what, $2.78 a gallon, expected to go $3 a gallon sometime in may, maybe toward the end of may, some economists are saying. the tipping point for consumers might be $3.25, $3.50. last time, the tipping point was $4 a gallon. it's lower this time around because of where we are with the unemployment rate being as high as it is, close to 10%. >> the unemployment is weighing on in on the economy. do you see it weighing in on the consumer sentiment? >> numbers are lower this time around. people are pessimistic looking ahead. don't expect it to come down any time soon, 9.7%, expect it to stay in that range. not too optimistic about the jobs prospects going forward and confidence chipping away, too, with the economic policies in washington. >> all right. we'll ask you a few questions
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a nor'easter is canceling plans for many people on the east coast from new york to d.c. the rain is already here. msnbc michelle franzen on what we can expect for the weekend ahead. good morning. >> reporter: it is one of those challenges umbrella day, not only down time square but the coast of the eastern seaboard. that is because there is a storm that moved its way up from florida and sort of redeveloped
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over the east coast, it's hovering overnight and expected to continue the next 24 hours. along with it, wind gusts up to 44 miles an hour, some up to 60 miles an hour in new york could be expected later on today. as well as coastal flooding in parts of new jersey. all of new jersey remains under a flood watch, beginning at 8:00 this morning, throughout much of the day. coastal flooding could also take place. enough of a storm, alex, that would be a problem in and of itself. here we are two weeks after the snowiest february on record, not only in new jersey and pennsylvania area, but also here in some parts of new york. some of those areas are bracing for what they could call record flooding from the snow melt and also some of the rivers in the pittsburgh area and midwest are having to deal with ice jams and all this melting away. >> it is a mess. the water -- the ground seems so
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waterlogged. be careful with that umbrella. i had three inverted umbrellas yesterday. i'm just saying, it may be a one-shot deal. >> reporter: we have an arsenal of umbrellas. a close call for 13-year-old girl swept away by floodwaters while walking through a dark field. she thought the shortcut would be faster. then she came upon some water and that is when things took a wrong turn. >> i thought it would be really shallow and i started walking into it. it dropped off. i slipped in and i remember trying to like doggy paddle. >> luckily, she managed to escape the water and made her way to a neighbor's house where she called 911. authorities brought her to a hospital and treated her for minor injuries and hypothermia. california authorities say they have been swamped with calls about women and children taken by a man now on trial for five murders. this is the first time they have
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been released in 30 years. police released these images this week because they fear he may be responsible for many more murders. he appeared on the popular 1970s tv show "the dating game." >> he's a skydiver, has a lot of nerve, into motorcycling and a photographer, say hello to rodney! come on out and say hello. >> joining me live now, criminal profiler, pat brown, also the author of the profiler, my life hunting serial killers and psychopaths. hello. >> you don't want to go on a date with him? >> she picked him, but they never went on a date. >> creepy. >> the fact this guy was on the dating game and won, he did not shy away from the public like some serial killers do. what does that tell you about him? >> he was a very arrogant man. he thought the world of himself.
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he's representing himself in court because he thinks he's a fine lawyer as well. obviously, he thinks a lot of himself and thinks everybody else should, too. >> freelance photographer, took so many pictures, authorities are trying to see if some of these people in the pictures are victims. why do you think it took them 30 years to release the photos? >> that boggles my mind. that is crazy. that should have gone out decades ago, so if these women were missing, they could solve the cases at that time. this is a long ways away if they ever do find those girls went missing or find bodies of these victims, what are they going to connect to them, except these pictures? >> is it possible to get new leads? there is one person that claims to know one person in the photos, says this person has been missing for decades? is it possible there will be new leads now this much later, leads to the answers people are looking for? >> i don't know how many new leads they are going to get as
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far as actually what happened or where the girl went off to. if they can identify these girls, a couple here and there as actually truly missing girls or a jane doe some place they never were able to identify, perhaps they can get closure what happened to their daughter or sister or whoever. it will help, i think. whether they can prove anything is a different question. >> what is with the pictures? why does a murderer take pictures of the victims? >> first, he is a photographer and did that for a living and used that as a ruse. and also way to get to know young women. saying you're a photographer really works. here's my business card, i'm a photographer, you want to be a model? girls just flock to that. ridiculous. i will be in hollywood and go to the guy's van and never be seen again. a good way to get girls to come to you. for him to do that, get ladies
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in his life and possibly do to them, it works. >> what does it say about a man who takes pictures of victims after they're dead, too? >> it's another thing. after the crime, look what i did to you, and relive it over and again, look how powerful i am. they keep it as souvenirs, look at a picture of my vacation, he just has a picture of his killings. to each his own. >> creepy. >> very creepy. >> criminal profile r, pat thanks. and the bad news keeps rolling on for toyota. more people claim they couldn't stop their cars. why didn't this come out earlier? i own a small law firm and i'm a much better lawyer than i am an accountant. so, when i wasn't getting paid as quickly as i would like, i did what came naturally. i threatened to sue. turns out, that's not the best way to keep clients. so i went looking for answers online at
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that happened just today after a suicide bomber killed at least 45 people in lahore. in thailand, thousands of red shirt protesters heading to bangkok today vowing to force the government from power. it lasts through sunday and considered the last chance for the ousted prime minister to return. a severe sandstorm in northwest china reduces visibility to zero in some instances. there are the pictures to see it. can't see a thing. meantime, we'll have the latest in the rainstorm in the northeast. we'll tell you when that will let up and how the health care reform bill will be heading into the homestretch. more on nbc saturday. somewhere in america... the slightest breeze harbors immense power. the tallest buildings leave the lightest footprints.
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drenching rains. it's drenching connecticut. more on that for you. chile says the cost of the recovery from the earthquake will double haiti's. they estimate the range close to $30 billion. in japan, fire raced through a nursing home, killing seven patients by the time the 26 firefighters arrived on scene, the wooden building was fully engulfed. in indonesia, they staged a terrorist drill. that exercise was held to prepare for president obama's visit later this month. as the "washington post" says, brisk sales on the apple ipad for pre-orders. different parts of the country are waiting the rain this weekend. it's not expected to let up any time soon. here are floodwaters in minnesota caused by large amounts of melting snow. bill joins us again with the latest.
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>> good saturday morning. the storm in the atlantic is the headline out there. we have light rain going to the seattle region and snow and rain mixture in the rockies. the big storm is what's happening in the mid-atlantic. the heavy rain moved in last night and will be with us all day today and gusty winds. the latest information is it looks like the bullseye is in new york city through southern new england. the reason we're concerned with new england is the high elevation is melting with the snow pack and we get the snow pack and rainfall and we will see the river flooding in the next two days and already flo flooding in the rivers in pennsylvania, outside pittsburgh. forecast, glymphiest, heaviest day is saturday in new york city and we won't see the sun again until tuesday in the new york city region, that's the same forecast for everyone in new england. today this is day for the worst of the flooding, especially up
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there from new york city, suburbs outside in jersey, north wards to southern new england and catskills. and in florida, just showers. the rest of the nation is looking at a pretty decent weekend. back to you. >> thank you. all of you remember, tonight, you have to set your clocks ahead one hour. daylight savings time begins at 2:00, which means you lose an hour of sleep but get sunshine. a group of teachers in rhode island are fighting for their jobs this morning. they voted to fire all teachers and hire again before the start of the school year. they called it holding schools accountable. now the schools have agreed to use a mediator in upcoming negotiations with the teacher's union. the teacher's union representative says she hopes they can deal to prevent the firings. and the difficulty of firing bad teachers in its latest issue, joining me live from
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"newsweek," the author of that article, evan. good morning. >> good morning. >> it is a heck of an article for any parent who has a kid in the school system right now like i do, we are fascinated reading this. in part what you say is no other socially significant profession has workers so insulated from accountability. why is it so difficult to fire the bad teachers? >> tenure. teachers, after about three years in the public school systems, if they're represented by a union get tenure, lifetime tenure. it's extremely hard to fire a teacher. in new york city in 2008, of 30,000 teachers, three were separated for cause. the statistics are like that all over the country in chicago, between 2005 and 2008, .1%. in toledo, ohio, .0%. denver, 0%.
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the numbers tell the story. >> absolutely do. you point out in terms of numbers, 99% of all teachers in the u.s. are rated satisfactory by their school systems. really? why is that? >> partly, it's the power of the union. principals bear some and superintendents bear some responsibility here. all children are above aftermath in america but all teachers are rated satisfactory or almost all teachers are rated satisfactory even though the performance of their students on tests, particularly inner city schools, is pretty low. >> principals don't want to deal with this. they do a dance with the lemons, how you describe it, right? >> right. with seniority, you can't get rid of a teacher and move them to another school and why it's called the dance of the lemons. >> what about the kips school, tell us about those schools? >> some are good and some bad.
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the kipt schools have been amazingly successful and most inner city schools see 47% and these schools, 80, 85%. they do it by hard work, having few work rules other than, i think their motto is be nice, work hard. they do work hard. they try to stay in touch with the parents. that's very important. the teachers really work like dogs and they get the results. >> you speak of the parents. how much influence do you find parents have over a student's education? >> it's huge, obviously. but the assumption used to be that in private schools, in upper middle class areas, the parents require intensely involved and it was great. in inner city schools, not so. one thing kipp has done, they made the parents get involved, they forced the parents to sign a contract, go to their apartment s and their homes and bring the parents into the process and common sense tells you that's critically important.
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>> president obama in his weekly address tackles education. let's listen to part of what he says. >> the most important factor of a child's success is the person standing in front of the classroom. we will better prepare teachers, support teachers an encourage teachers to stay in the field. in short, we'll treat the people who educate our sons and daughters like the professionals they are. >> sounds like the president read a line from your article, what makes a difference, matters more than class size or textbook, teaching method or technology or curriculum is the quality of the teachers. so where does the president and his administration fit into this entire debate? >> this is one of the most interesting things. for years, the democratic party has been pretty beholden to the teachers' union, afraid to rock the boat. ob has shown real political courage here taking on the teachers' union. that's a surprise, i think, to the teachers' union the vehemence he's done it and his education, arne duncan, in the race to the top, they made
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federal funding conditional on doing things teachers' union don't like, for instance, evaluating teachers based on the scores of students which unions traditionally resisted and forcing states to get rid of a cap on charter schools. unions don't like charter schools because generally they're non-union. those are big political moves by the obama administration and takes political courage. >> this is right in "newsweek" magazine. thanks, come see us any time. check out this call from a missouri police officer. a motorist plows into a car the officer just pulled over. the officer escaped with minor injuries and both motorists arrested for suspected drunk driving. that was bad timing. accused of bilking people out of $8 million.
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driver drivers switch tflip the switchs outside the bowurrows. 3,000 of them did it regularly. more trouble in orange county toyota. prosecutors filed a lawsuit because of continuing problems with its vehicles. it claims toyota knowingly sold hundreds of thousands of cars with acceleration defects. joining me now, director of dealer admissions. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> we keep hearing these horror stories, the run away prius, why are we just now finding out about these incidents? >> i think the recall has been under way. you have the lawyers and lawmakers involved with congressional hearings involved, lawsuits and a slew of class action lawsuits and first criminal prosecution in californi california. >> you talk about the recalls. so far, recalled 6 million cars
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because of these acceleration problems, the brake issues in the prius hybrid as well. at least 89 class action lawsuits filed against this japanese auto giant. can you get inside toyota's head, corporate mentality, why they didn't come forward sooner? >> you hit the big question and part of what the california lawsuit is about, toyota comes to the black box, information when an incident happens, how fast the car was going, even to the point whether they had their seatbelt buckled or knonot. i think in retrospect, they might have come forward with this information ahead of time. this is kind of the what did you know and when did you know it scenario and nobody wants it. >> toyota is ahead in sales. are people going to buy toyotas? >> i think so. on, we're seeing them at an all time high.
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they're expecting great sales. i think it's a, testament to how long toyota has this reputation of quality and safety and toyota has been aggressive with zero percent financing and rolling in maintenance in the purchase programs and $3,000 cash back. they're going to the crux and trying to retain as much as they can. >> people are getting a deal. >> sure. >> whether it's safe, we'll see. it could be showtime or no time in the battle for health care reform. it could be crucial for those who want to make it happen. you're watching msnbc news saturday. host: could switching to geico really save you
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there are new signs the health care debate may be heading into the homestretch. top democrats are working to shore up support for all or nothing vote perhaps by the end of next week. a bitterly divided congress with mid-term elections fast approaching, mid-terms are far from over. john from roiters, good morning.
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>> good morning, alex. >> this debate has been going on for a year, i know we've been talking about it that long for sure. is the american public sick about hearing about health care? >> i think it depends who you talk to. if you lack health insurance, if you have a pre-existing condition, if you just got hit with huge premium increase, i think you very much want to see health care reform pass. if you look at public opinion polls, the average of public opinion polls, most americans are very much concerned about this massive overhaul of the 5 $2.5 trillion health care system. i think that has been certainly reflected in the polls we have seen and it has certainly hit the president's own public approval ratings, which have been in decline over the past few months. >> bottom line, in terms of respective positions, you have all sorts of polls that will support one or the other. what are you seeing? do people back this bill or not? >> the polls indicate there are elements of health care reform
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that americans like a lot. they like the idea of not -- of being able to have access to health insurance, if you do have a pre-existing condition, certainly for the 45 million americans or so that don't have health insurance, the idea of again being able to have access to health insurance is a good thing. but right now at this point, the president's message isn't so much to the american people, it's to some wavering house democrats. 39 house democrats who voted against the house health care bill in early november, the president wants to see them switch, flip their votes to vote for the house health care bill when it comes up perhaps as early as friday or saturday this coming week. >> does it make sense these almost campaign style rallies the president's pushing? is there anything left to say to the american people. has he exhausted his ability to explain this legislation? should he just be pinpointing those 39 house democrats and say, get in here, huddle, we're
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going to get this worked out? >> the president has one more road trip that will take place monday in ohio. this comes after trips he took this past week in pennsylvania and missouri. but ohio's it. then the focus is on those 39 house democrats. the president, of course, as you've mentioned, has delayed his trip to asia. he's going to remain in washington, trying to twist arms, trying to convince those waivering democrats to change their votes and convince blue dog democrats who are concerned how much the political environment has changed between when they first voted in november and now trying to keep them in line and make certain they vote for health care reform once it comes up either friday or saturday. >> jon decker, thanks very much. >> thanks a lot. heavy rains and high winds hitting the northeast right now. before it all ends, some areas could get up to 5 inches of rain. mike seidel joins us from new york. wet where you are?
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let's get the live shot. you're by the ocean. it's wet there. >> reporter: it is wet. not your best -- i'd say a pretty bad beach day this morning. we hat 30-45 miles an hour wind gusts. it's not raining particularly hard here. our concern is the peek of the storm that will hit the jersey shore, tri-state area and south shore long island and across long island this evening, the winds in some spots along the coast on the eastern end of long island gusting 50 maybe 60 miles an hour. there's the surf this morning, not too bad, about 4 or five-footers. we could see waves increasing, get 10 or 12 footers by this evening and back off tomorrow. not too bad as far as the wind but still be a wet day. the action shifts northeast, boston, providence, cape cod, will take it on the chin. tomorrow and even into monday, the storm will get locked in and blocked in and slowly wind down. they will have wind and coastal
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issues into monday. meanwhile, into the interior, we're keeping and eye on the potomac river as a surge comes down the river and cause minor problems in old town and expecting a crest on the river and we will see sandbags outside the very nice restaurants. >> anybody braving the waters out there? any surfers or anything? please tell me no. it doesn't look like it's good conditions. >> reporter: no. you need an offshore flow to clean up to get as they say, tasty wave, these waves are certainly not tasty today. no surfers. i saw one jogger and that is it except yours truly today. >> it is just you out there, mike slidell. thanks so much. in the wake of two catastrophic earthquakes in just two months. why it seems there are more earthquakes these days are are there really? we'll take a look. also, a horseback rideing turning into a harrowing
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. turner in mid-court inside it at the buzzer. got it! are you kidding me? >> march madness in full swing with a fantastic finish in the big ten tournament. ohio state evans lead the buckeyes over michigan 69-68. here's a shot of greater distance. this is horton of southern mississippi making the shot at the halftime buzzer. that's cool. his team wound up losing to houston. another earthquake to tell you about. this one much smaller a 4.9 quake hit the oregon coast. the earthquake was centered about 330 miles west southwest of portland. no immediate reports of it being felt or causing damage. that quake hit last night. going me is a geophysicist at
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the usgs and mike, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> i just mentioned this oregon quake. nothing at all compared to the two catastrophic earthquakes in chile and haiti. why does it seem like there are more quakes? >> we've had quite a spate of news worthy quake this year, starting with haiti and more recently the earthquake in chile which was one of the largest ever recorded instrumentally. a lot of people are asking whether these are all related. is it just happenstance. it does look like it's happenstance. we get this number of earthquakes over time pretty commonly, just happens to that a couple of them were news worthy, haiti and chile and others have hit the news. >> what about the magazine. >> i attitude? are they more powerful? >> certainly the chile
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earthquake was more powerful. it was magnitude 8.8 which was the fifth or sixth biggest earthquake ever recorded. we've been measuring them since 1900 or so in a serious way. over that century over four magazine any toad over 9 earthquakes and this is the next one in the series. it's unusual in the sheer magnitude so it's newsworthy in that case. >> with so much activity in one area like oregon, is that a signal that the west coast could be in for a bigger quake, or do these little quakes potentially prevent a larger quake, or is there anything to that science? can you connect them? >> there is a connection. there is a zone where the plates are coming together.
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that really is our south america, our sumatra situation where we have one plate driving to dive under north america. occasionally there will be smaumer earthquakes as we saw with the quake off of oregon. every once in a while, every few centuries there will be at least one very large giant earthquake. of sumatra style. that has us concerned. as for the significance of these moderate quakes like the magnitude 4s and 5s they don't do enough to relieve pressure. they remind us it's an active area. remind folks they live in an earthquake prone area. they give us data as to what is the structure and plate interactions. >> which folks live in the most earthquake prone areas in the country? where are they? >> for the united states, really there's plate boundaries that run up the west coast. cal, famously so. it does have the most risk.
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oregon, not so much. washington quite a bit. but then, of course, alaska has a lot of earthquakes as well as volcanoes. >> that's pretty much it. the worst place in the states is along the western border >> that's right. but that being said, there's actually earthquake danger throughout the united states, at least 39 of the states have at least an appreciatable level of earthquake risk. a lot of that is in the intermountain west and patches of hazard around the country. east coast around charleston and northeast corridor. >> thanks, mike. >> you're welcome. >> the day's top stories manying in just a moment including the latest on the wet, windy weather in the northeast. how much rain will the region get? it's a lady gaga gone wild. new music video that has the shock meter peaking. you know the song, sing along or
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